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The Lord Knows Better, In Lent and Always

“That’s when God helped me see what it is that I have been stuck in for as long as I can remember.  Something I have worked on Lent after Lent and even begged God to miraculously take away from me: My habit of being late.” – Christine Rich

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A Test for Pridefulness

“In preparation for Lent, take this short self-test for pridefulness: How do you take correction? How teachable are you?” – Monsignor Charles Pope

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How to Evoke Contrition

“The penitent, through perfect contrition, accompanied by the desire of confession, has already obtained remission of his sins from God.” Roman Catechism, Part 2, Section

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Secrets

“Just as our Father kept the secret of His Son throughout history, He wants us to share with Him the deepest secrets in our heart.” – Debra Black

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Desiderare

“The redemption that I seek
Verily
Imperceptibly
Does its secret work in me…”
-Kerry Rhodes

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What’s Your Root Sin?

“Once I realized that some of my greatest strengths had shadow sides, that pride lurked behind my drive to accomplish even good and holy goals, I was able to finally recognize what my spiritual fathers could see clearly.” – Dan Burke

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Community as Healing

“Over the years I have become convinced, both through my own experience as a priest and a spiritual director, that the number one tactic used by the devil towards faithful and devout people is to create division.” – Fr. Jeremiah Shryock

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The Self I Must Deny

“It would be impossible to underestimate how revolutionary this way of thinking is and how contrary it is to the way of the world. For a Christian, one’s true self, their ultimate identity, has nothing to with one’s career, social status, ethnicity, or the many other external things the world often associates to be part of one’s identity, i.e., their true self.” – Fr. Jeremiah Shryock

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The Necessary Luxury of Slow

“Humbled, I recommitted to what I knew to be true: the spiritual life is better as a sit-down dinner than a drive-through.  And in both eating and praying, I needed to allow myself the necessary luxury of slow.” – Claire Dwyer 

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